There are a few different ways to handle the books.
Option 1: The church can purchase the books ahead of time and distribute them to the groups. They can either pay for them as a part of the program or have mentees pay for them as part of a sign-up cost.
Option 2: Much like option one, mentors can purchase the books up front and distribute them at each meeting. If they have the means and want to gift the books to their mentees, great, if not, and you want to have the mentees reimburse, that works great too.
Option 3: Mentees can be responsible for purchasing their own books. If you go with this option, we recommend having them order the books for the next month on their phones before your monthly meeting is over.
All options have been done and work great. But a couple of things to note as you decide. If you have a lot of guys who will use audiobooks or e-readers, it may be easier to let them acquire their own copies. Another consideration, having the mentees pay for the books is just one more way to make sure they have some “skin in the game.”